In October 2012, it came to our attention there was a Veteran who lives in the community of North San Juan (a very rural area North of Nevada City). He is a clinical quadriplegic with an advanced case of multiple sclerosis and confined to a powered wheelchair. His home and property were in need of significant repairs just to make them livable.
Dale Thomas served in the Navy toward the end of the Vietnam War and then later in the Marine Corps. Dale's situation came to our attention because the Postmaster advised mail delivery would no longer be available to Dales's home due to the poor, almost impassable condition of Dale’s steep gravel driveway. US Mail is how Dale receives most of his medication, food and other supplies. An informal group, including members of the Marine Corps League, Friends of Nevada County Military, Vietnam Veterans of America and Nevada City Elks have gotten together to give Dale a hand.
The project has been divided into three major parts; clearing brush around the house, making needed repairs to the house and resurfacing his driveway. All the groups have helped with various parts of the project and Gold Country Detachment #885 Commandant, John Bynes has led and performed most of the repairs to the home.
Throughout this project we’ve received great support from our community. Commandant Bynes applied for and received $5,000 Grant for materials and repairs from The Home Depot Foundation. We’ve had many other donations including flooring for the entire house, vinyl, tile, carpeting from Premier Flooring and the Tile Outlet. Handicap accessible vanity & sink, toilet & tub/shower enclosure. Hansen Brothers donated recycled asphalt for the driveway, equipment rentals and Junk King provided junk hauling for all the yard waste, as well.
Realistically, the repairs to Dale’s home & property will exceed an estimated $20,000. Material and supply donations from businesses throughout the community have been overwhelming and have helped offset the projected costs of the project.
There’s still a little more work to do but here are some pictures of what we’ve done so far.